Surf the Maldives…
It’s a region that’s famous for incredible diving, snorkeling, and romantic honeymoon getaways, but did you know that the Maldives is a popular surfing destination?
Surf breaks feature in the North, South, East, and West, but there are three major surf zones spread across the country’s atoll chain. Read on to find out when and where the best spots to surf are!
The North Malé atoll breaks are best between March and October. This is great news for surfers as it is smack-bang in the middle of the low season for tourists! Enjoy quieter resorts and cheaper prices, plus access to popular breaks, including Lohis, Cokes, Chickens, Sultans, Jailbreaks, Honkys, and Ninjas.
The reason for North Malé being so good this time of year is because of the Southwest Monsoon. This wet season brings big swells and storms, so do your research before you so. If you’re after clean waves and better weather, May would be the best time to go; if you’re chasing big swells and a bit of a challenge, head over in June, July, and August.
Charter boats can usually get you to the surf from the hotels, but if you’re wanting to stay close to the action of North Malé, take a look at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort. There are qualified pros on site there to give you a hand and get you riding the best waves at some of the Maldives’ best breaks!
The central atolls have a shorter season, between May and August. These breaks are relatively unknown and offer surfers absolute freedom on the sea, with no crowd-factor! These atolls sit between the northern and the southern atolls and feature a range of left and right hander spots that are well sheltered from predominant wind directions. In these areas, surfers can enjoy good swells with minimal storm exposure!
Take a look at accommodation at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort in the south. The Outrigger has an aqua-sports centre on-site with board hire and tours out to breaks in the central AND outer atolls, so it’s a definite top-pick amongst surfers!
Stay at the Outrigger Konotta to visit the third surf spot in our list—the outer atolls, but don’t make the mistake of trying to visit at the same time you would the central atolls! The outer atolls of Gaafu Dhaal and Seenu have a different season to the rest of the country. The season is split—from late February to April, and late August to October.
While you may need to battle a little more tourists for this break season, you’ll still be able to miss part of the peak (December to March). Plus, you’ll get to experience the best weather that the Maldives has to offer during your down time between waves!
The waves in the outer atolls do tend to be smaller, but their south-facing coastlines open the breaks up to some interesting swells in the summer time. Head to Beacons and Tiger Stripes to barrel down fast onto shallow reefs. These two breaks are perfect for medium to professional ability levels, with waves jumping from 2 to 8 ft.
No matter what your skill level, or your time freed up for travel, there’s a break waiting in the Maldives for you. Avoid the crowds or travel to the south during the peak. All it takes is a bit of research and some help from us to book your ideal Maldives surf destination. Contact a My Maldives Holiday Expert to find out more!